Dr. Gwenigale, CSA Boss Werner Charged With Contempt

first_imgThe Liberian Senate yesterday evening served Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale and Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Werner with contempt charges as the two government officials appeared before the plenary of that body for separate causes.The Minister of Health’s appearance was in relation to an unsatisfactory statement he is said to have made against the Senate when he appeared on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Women and Children’s Affairs.Minister Gwenigale was reported to have accused the Senate of being among those responsible for the difficulty in containing the Ebola virus during his appearance Wednesday.The Minister also repeated his vow during his earlier appearance before the Peter Coleman-chaired committee, that as long as he is Minister of Health, the two leaders of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL), President Joseph Tamba and Secretary General George Poe Williams, will never work for the Ministry.Dr. Gwenigale further informed the Senate Committee that his decision against the health workers’ leaders was supported by his employer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who he said communicated that in her letter to the Senate in August.However, during his appearance before the Senate plenary yesterday, Dr. Gwenigale was informed that he was charged with contempt for comments he made against the Senate plenary during his earlier appearance on Wednesday, but was required to face the plenary again on Tuesday with his lawyer to show cause why he should not be held in contemp.As for the CSA boss who faced a four-hour marathon bombardment of questions from the enraged Senators, his contempt charge was prompted by a comment he made referring to those who will not favor his agency’s new earmarked policy to declare non-essential civil servants redundant, as “irrational.”Director Werner, however, later clarified that his statement was never intended for the Senate Plenary, but those who would choose to take his proposed policy to the streets with the intention of causing chaos.Werner who stood for the four-hour period of his questioning, told the Senators that those who will be declared redundant at the end of the CSA policy, will be paid for two years, and receive other benefits including training, with the option that they may be considered for future re-employment.But the Senators unanimously condemned the policy and called it a wicked plan that may plunge the country into chaos. Some Senators referred to him as unpatriotic and asked him to inform his employer President Sirleaf that the country was already on the battlefront fighting an invisible enemy, and as such she must leave the already fear-stricken citizens alone.The Senate unanimously voted to impose a fine of L$4,999 on Director Werner, and asked him to make a verbal apology to the plenary, write a letter of apology to the Senate and publish it in seven newspapers. The CSA boss was also directed to inform President Sirleaf that the Senate is not in favor of the CSA’s proposed policy to retrench non-essential civil servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MLB notes: Schilling willing to go free in ’08

first_imgCurt Schilling said he will become a free agent after the season and won’t let that distract him during his fourth year with the Boston Red Sox. General manager Theo Epstein wouldn’t rule out in-season discussions for a new contract. At a brief meeting between the two Wednesday, Epstein told the pitching ace the team would not give him an extension during spring training, as Schilling had wished. “Curt’s going to be 41, and at that age we’ve got to be a little more conservative,” Epstein said Thursday from the team’s Fort Myers, Fla., site. “I want to keep feeling good every day. I don’t want to take any step back. That’s why I’m going so slow. I want to build my arm strength, get all the scar tissues out of my surgeries,” Gagne said. “I’m just trying to get back to all my pitching muscles which I didn’t use for two years.” New plan: Manny Ramirez changed plans and will not attend a car auction Saturday in New Jersey while his Boston Red Sox teammates work out at spring training, the team said. The Red Sox gave Ramirez permission to report late to camp on March 1, the day after their first exhibition, for family reasons. The left fielder’s mother recently had surgery. Epstein said after learning about Ramirez’s scheduled appearance at the auction, he spoke with Greg Genske, the slugger’s agent. “He said (Ramirez) is not going to be there, so it’s fine,” Epstein said. “He’s dealing with a family issue.” Injury update: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady was released from a Florida hospital two days after being admitted for intestinal inflammation … New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It doesn’t mean we don’t want him back. I have all the confidence in the world that if Curt wants to pitch in 2008 and he’s still pitching effectively, as I expect he will, then we’ll find a way to keep him in a Red Sox uniform.” Epstein also said Schilling will be the Opening Day starter April 2 in Kansas City. Gagne update: New Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne threw 15-20 pitches in quick succession, then took a short break and did it again after a 10-minute bullpen session and reported no pain. “It was good, fluid. There were some good ones, some bad ones,” Gagne said of his second bullpen session, his second this week. “It doesn’t hurt, nothing. … I’m probably going 50-60 percent. It went well, I’m encouraged again today.” Gagne’s primary goal is to get used to being on the mound again and building arm strength after two injury- plagued seasons with the Dodgers. He has had as many appearances as surgeries – two – last year. last_img read more

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Save our schools

first_imgThat’s no exaggeration. The current school board is an arrogant and incompetent impediment to education reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and today offers the best chance we’ve had at ousting the old guard in nearly a decade. But only if you bother to vote. Because if you don’t, the defenders of the status quo will grind out another victory, as they almost always do when voter turnout is low. That’s because the special interests that bankroll these anti-reformers not only spend the big bucks, but also use every trick in the book to keep their lackeys in power. That, too, is no exaggeration. Consider the example of Ed Kaz, a chapter chairman of United Teachers Los Angeles. Last week, Kaz told a group of teachers that, should they take today off to help the campaign of Valley board member and anti-reformer Jon Lauritzen, they should claim their time off was for “professional development” – so the taxpayers would end up picking up the tab for their campaigning while our kids are left stuck for the day with substitute teachers. When challenged, Kaz – an experienced union official who admits he offered the same instructions to other teachers earlier in the week – backed down, claiming he made a mistake. Teachers who shirk their responsibilities to play politics, he now says, should do so under a different mechanism that allows for the UTLA to pay the bill. Assuming (charitably) that Kaz is telling the truth, and didn’t mean to encourage teachers to rip off the public, it’s still appalling that the UTLA is able to take credentialed teachers out of the classroom to use them for political purposes. That just goes to show how powerful the special interests have become – and how preserving the status quo routinely trumps the needs of our kids. No wonder the school board awarded the union a massive, pre-election pay raise that will cost the LAUSD $200 million more than officials had budgeted for. And no wonder the union spends so much, in terms of money and manpower, to help its candidates get into and stay in office. But in this election, the UTLA isn’t guaranteed victory. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has backed a slate of reform candidates and helped them raise the necessary funds to have a real shot at sweeping into office. These reformers can only win – and the school board can only change – if you make the effort to get out and vote. So, please, take the time to go the polls. Do it for your children. Do it for the city’s future. Do it because an arrogant culture of corruption deserves its comeuppance. And when you vote, wherever you live, be sure to vote for one of the reformers in the four LAUSD races: Tamar Galatzan, Johnathan Williams, Yolie Flores Aguilar and Richard Vladovic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! `WHY in the world should I bother to vote today?” It’s a fair question to ask in this, the state that can’t seem to hold enough elections, and on a ballot that includes no top offices, no major initiatives and a slew of incumbents coasting toward victory against only nominal competition, if that. But there’s a very good reason to vote today: Your kids’ future – the future of education in Los Angeles – depends on it. last_img
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THE GOOD TIMES ARE BACK AT MCELHINNEYS AS SALE QUEUES RETURN

first_imgThe good old days are back in McElhinneys after people queued for hours for the famous store’s New Year sale.The sale started at 11am on Tuesday, December 27th and people are still heading foe the Ballybofey store today as the bargains continue. Customers came from across Donegal, Northern Ireland and even as far away as Roscommon.Senior Manager Roisin Woods said “It was just like the old days and hopefully it’s a good sign for the future.“We had and continue to have really good offers which have a lot of people coming through our doors,” she said.  THE GOOD TIMES ARE BACK AT MCELHINNEYS AS SALE QUEUES RETURN was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyMCELHINNEYSQUEUESSALElast_img read more

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PUBLIC NOTICE: TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN

first_imgThe Donegal v Monaghan Allianz Football League match takes place this coming Sunday 8th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 2pm.Patrons are advised to use Town Centre Car Parks on the day as there will be traffic restrictions in the area from 12.30pm.There will be a Park & Ride system operating from The Station House Hotel to O’Donnell Park. The Ballymacool Road will be closed at Black’s Shop at 12.30pm. Access will be granted ONLY to local residents and Aura Leisure Centre users.When St Eunan’s car park is full, match traffic approaching from Glenties Road will be turned and vehicles will be parked on left hand side of road, facing countrywards.Non-match traffic from Glenties Road will be diverted into town via New Mills bridge.  PUBLIC NOTICE: TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS IN LETTERKENNY FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal v MonaghanGardaletterkennyO’Donnell Parklast_img read more

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VOODOO PROMISING A GREAT NIGHT OUT TONIGHT

first_imgCLUB Voodoo is promising its band of loyal customers a great night out tonight.Voodoo Vintage had been due to open tonight – but the makeover has been delayed for one week due to the storms.Voodoo had specially ordered carpets from Belgium and uniquely sourced furniture from various parts of Europe coming this week. However, due to disruptions in ferry sailing through out the week in the English channel it is impossible that they will be delivered on time.Voodoo lounge and Voodoo Gardens will continue as usual this weekend.Tabby from XFactor will be there and Live in the Greenroom is ‘In Their Thousands’.Voodoo wants to let customers know that tickets booked for this Saturday night will be honoured. Voodoo Vintage will now open next Saturday. VOODOO PROMISING A GREAT NIGHT OUT TONIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClubletterkennyVOODOOlast_img read more

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Tom DeLay re-indicted in money-laundering case

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week’s indictment on technical grounds. The new indictment, handed up by a grand jury seated Monday, contains two counts: conspiring to launder money and money laundering. The latter charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Last week, DeLay was charged with conspiracy to violate campaign-finance laws. Defense lawyers asked a judge on Monday to throw out the first indictment, arguing that the charge of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws was based on a statute that didn’t take effect until 2003 – a year after the alleged acts. The new indictment from District Attorney Ronnie Earle, coming just hours after the new grand jurors were sworn in, outraged DeLay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Ronnie Earle has stooped to a new low with his brand of prosecutorial abuse,” DeLay said in a statement. “He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a ‘do-over’ since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice.” DeLay and two political associates are accused of conspiring to get around a state ban on corporate campaign contributions by funneling the money through the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee to the Republican National Committee in Washington. The RNC then sent back like amounts to distribute to Texas candidates in 2002, the indictment alleges. DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin said the money spent on Texas candidates was “lawfully collected from individuals who knew what they were contributing to.”last_img read more

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PUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE

first_imgDonegal Creameries North West Words Poetry Prize 2014 invite entries for this year’s competition. Now in its third year, organisers invite entries of original work from anyone over the age of 18.Poems must not have been previously published in any media, self-published, broadcast, and /or won any competition. Only poems in English are being accepted for this competition.The maximum number of poems per entrant is 3.Entry fee: €5 (covers maximum entry of up to 3 poems)Send your poem(s) along with a cover letter with name, address, and phone number and/or email address, and title(s) of each poem submitted. Please do not put your name or personal contact details on the same page as the poem(s).Post entries to North West Words Poetry Prize 2014, 54 Thornberry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. On-line submissions will not be accepted.Entries must be received by the closing date – Friday, 14 November 2014.No alterations can be made to the entry once it has been submitted, and entries cannot be returned so please keep your own copy.The 2014 competition will be judged by Kate Newmann of Summer Palace Press. Further details are available on www.northwestwords.comPUT PEN TO PAPER FOR POETRY PRIZE was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitionNORTH WEST WORDSpoetrylast_img read more

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Buncrana beauty queen waltzes onto Dancing with the Stars

first_imgBuncrana nurse and model Grainne Gallanagh will be strutting her way to the dancefloor in next year’s Dancing with the Stars Ireland.The former Miss Universe Ireland winner confirmed her place on the celebrity line-up this morning, admitting that the nerves are already hitting before her big TV moment.Grainne (25) is a qualified nurse who had a whirlwind year as Miss Universe Ireland 2018. She placed in the Top 20 of the pageant final in Bangkok and became Ireland’s first model to walk in Miami Swim Week 2019. She may have the catwalk moves, but Grainne admits that she has zero dance moves!Grainne Gallanagh – Dancing with the Stars Ireland 2020“Unfortunately I do not have any experience or any natural talents,” Grainne said.The women’s health advocate is very excited for her new challenge as she plans to juggle her work and rehearsals.“You have to make time for the things that you are passionate about,” she told RTE host James Patrice, before showing off her signature move – the Dad Dance. Dancing with the Stars rehearsals kicked off in Dublin this week as the contestants get ready to hit the dancefloor in January. Other stars confirmed so far include Glenda Gilson, Lottie Ryan, Mary Kennedy, Sinead O’Carroll and Ryan Andrews.  Buncrana beauty queen waltzes onto Dancing with the Stars was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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